So it might not surprise you, when my fictional husband is Gene Kelly, that I love music. I would be all sorts of happy if my children became a modern day Von Trapp family. We sing all the time. And for awhile now, I've dreamed about getting a piano...especially in time for the holidays so I can recreate scenes like this:
I don't play piano. I did take a few lessons and can read music. My hope is that one of my children will learn to play. But before that can happen, I needed to find a piano. So, I started looking on Craigslist. I didn't have a lot of money to spend and I knew sometimes people get lucky. I looked for several months but most of the pianos in our price range looked beaten up or required lots of work or went quickly.
Then a friend told me about a piano adoption website. This website is dedicated to matching up pianos with new homes. It's like match.com for spinets! It also has some valuable information if you are considering getting a piano yourself.
We were lucky to find a piano on this website that was "looking for a new home." The best part about this was the piano was free; we just needed to move it and have it tuned (not free).
We called a number of people in our local area to find out what they would charge to move a piano. Most movers came in around $200-250. Fortunately, we had some great, strong friends who were willing to help us. We also were lucky that the piano only needed to be moved up a step on each side. We ended up renting a Uhaul and a dolly. Then we researched how to move an upright piano on the interwebs.
I said some prayers.
And then (insert Allelujah chorus) we had a piano. Here is our new beauty all dressed up for the holidays:
Nothing makes me happier than seeing my children seated at our piano! Thank you piano adoption website and the generous family who gifted us this instrument. As Captain Von Trapp said, "You brought music back into the house. I had forgotten..."
Working on my chords,
Mrs. Williams Comment: Oh, Mrs. Kelly, you got yourself one beautiful piano. I hope you'll be playing some Christmas Carols at your holiday party...what?...you didn't know you were having a party? Well, you know the old saying, "whoever gets a free piano hosts the holiday party." I'm warming up my voice right now for the shindig.
Mrs. Gosling comment: What, what? Party .. what a great idea. I will get my heels all shined up for dancing in the living room, next to the new piano! I love the close-ups, the ornate detail is SPECTACULAR. I can't wait to look at it more, while I'm sipping vino and eating artichoke dip .... at. your. PARTY!!!!